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Local Academy Committee

What do the Puss Bank School & Nursery LAC do?



  • Determine, with the Principal and Aspire Educational Trust, the aims and policies of the school.
  • To agree targets and priorities to continually improve the school.
  • To monitor progress against the targets and the impact on its’ pupils,
  • To act as a "critical friend" to the Principal providing support and challenge as appropriate.
  • Ensure that the National Curriculum is followed.
  • Review the school budget.
  • Monitor the condition of the school buildings and grounds.
  • Ensure that Special Educational Needs are met.
  • Ensure that Safeguarding and Health and Safety responsibilities are met.


The LAC meet at least once a term and also have specific areas (links) to ensure a connection between the LAC and the school.

Who are the LAC members?








Ann Harris





As a retired secondary school teacher with nearly forty years- experience, I became a community governor at Puss Bank eight years ago and have been the Chair for the past five years. My interests are sporting and musical. I am a member of Macclesfield Harriers Athletics Club, running regularly with road and trail groups, taking part in as many races as possible throughout the year from 5k, 10k and half marathon distances.

I have been a member of St Paul’s Church for many years, where I sing in the Choir and am involved in a variety of different roles. We have strong links with the School, which have grown over the years.

I consider it a privilege to be the Chair of Governors at Puss Bank, working alongside a team of committed and enthusiastic governors, whose priority is to support the children and wonderfully professional and dedicated staff.


Role: Chair of LAC              Link Responsibility: Reading & Writing



Trevor Langston




I have been a Governor at Puss Bank for more than 10 years, having been a Parent Governor I am now co-opted. All three of my girls have attended Puss Bank School.   I am currently the Governor with a special interest in Maths.

Having been a secondary school headteacher, who has worked in 4 different schools across the North West, I have a passionate belief in the importance of education for the young people in our community.  I am presently working as an Education and Employment Consultant, working with the Chamber of Commerce helping to develop employment opportunities for young people in Cheshire.  I live locally, just off Buxton Road.

Role: Vice Chair of LAC       Link Responsibility: Maths




Kathy Nichol



I have been headteacher of Puss Bank School since September 2010.  I was appointed to the Governing Body in 2007 as a teacher representative, whilst deputy head of the School.  I am a Maths and Education graduate of Cambridge University.  I have taught children from 3 to 14 years old in mainstream schools, and a special school, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, the London Borough of Camden, Singapore and Cheshire East.  I have two children who I love to spend time with.  In addition, I enjoy swimming, travelling, various crafts and cooking.

Role: Principal                      Link Responsibility: NA














Role: LAC Member       Link Responsibility: Pupil Premium






Diane Milne




I have been a governor since 2011, initially as a parent governor and now as a co-opted one. Both my children attended Puss Bank from the Nursery through to the end of Year 6 and one is now at Newcastle University and the other is in 6th Form at Tytherington. I have been a member of various committees during this time and am now the Safeguarding lead governor. My business background is in IT, and prior to that I worked in London. I enjoy baking, sewing, gardening and walking with friends.


Role: LAC Member      Link Responsibility: Safeguarding






Susanne Tidswell



My eldest child attended Puss Bank and I have a younger son who currently attends.

As a parent governor, I am committed to ensuring that all pupils have access to the best possible education and facilities that our school can provide and to providing a safe and supportive environment for our children to learn and thrive.


Role: LAC Member       Link Responsibility: Attendance




Matthew Cooper

I become staff Governor in February 2016. I have been the Learning Mentor here at Puss Bank School since 2013 and recently I have trained as a Mental Health First Aider to help to lead on Children’s Mental Health within school. I am a fully qualified primary teacher after having a career change from Operations Management and Accounting. I live locally and have strong connections with St Paul’s Church where I am Church Warden. I like to keep fit and enjoy running and take part in lots of different 10k and half marathon races and enjoy running with Macclesfield Harriers and also mrpt rundamentalist run club.


Role: LAC Member            Link Responsibility: Health and Safety





Mick Warren

I have lived on Union Road since leaving the Army 1991 with my wife Gaynor a local midwife and our two children John & Rosie. Both children attended Puss Bank from nursery all the way through to leaving for Tytherington, both have since left home. I retired from The Cheshire Constabulary in 2013 and was elected the Cheshire East Councillor for Macclesfield East in 2015, I enjoy walking my Yorkshire Terrier and playing golf as well as socialising with friends over a pint or two in local pubs.


Role: LAC Member            Link Responsibility: Health and Safety



Gemma Bailey

I joined the Puss Bank LAC team early in 2020 as a parent governor. My two children are currently in year 2 and Nursery. I worked for many years as a Primary School teacher in inner London before moving to Macclesfield, and now work as a Teaching Assistant in a local Junior school.  When I have some spare time I enjoy gardening, country walks and reading a good book. 


Role: LAC Member            Link Responsibility: tbc





Holly Nettle


I got to know Puss Bank School as a parent and am happy to be continuing my association with the school as a governor.  As a mental health nurse I am aware that good mental and physical health grows from positive childhood experiences and I wish to support our school in providing this to all pupils.  I believe there is a pathway for everyone to grow and achieve through education and will have special interest in our children with SEN whilst a governor.


Role: LAC Member          Link Responsibility: SEND